Okay here we go. I have lurked for awhile, here is my first post. I began commuting to work 12 miles a day on my 25 year old 26" Specialized Hard Rock bike (which I love) about a month ago. With all of the recent use of my bike, the rear wheel has finally worn out. I weigh 280 lbs and load my panniers everyday with 10-15 lbs of books/papers/etc.
I am debating between two options:
Option #1: Buy a new or used wheel. What would you recommend?
Option #2: Build my own wheel. I have done a bit of research (and bought "The Bicycle Wheel" by Brandt), here is what I have come up with. Let me know your thoughts:
-Shimano hub (which model?)
-Triple butted spokes (DT Alpine III?)
-I have no idea about which rim to use.
Thanks for all the great advise in advanced.